Friday, 18 November 2016

Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint


I finally got around to using the Glossier products I picked up last month, and this one was first out of the trap. I love a light coverage base almost as much as I love my dishwasher, so this came with great promise. Glossier is the off-shoot of the website Into The Gloss, and has triumphed with a range that has become 'must-have', despite the limited distribution meaning you have to buy it to try it. How do you do that?
You make your packaging, message and marketing scream 'We're so trendy and covetable, you need us, or you won't be.' Glossier is the brand equivalent of Mean Girls. And I say that as an observation, not a criticism.


It's a marketing dream. Even yours truly, with a bullshit detector rating of 11/10, ordered the Phase 1 Set, along with an extra Balm DotCom, before I checked the ingredients, ending up with two very expensive lip balms that are essentially Vaseline in better packaging. More of which for another day.


So tint time:
I thought I'd write this in the way I spoke about it after I tested it (a few times), almost like a checklist. In my head. As you do.
  • Coverage is not light, it's literally 'barely there', like almost non-existent. Like you're tanned and sweaty.
  • You do not want this if you do not have perfect/really good skin, unless it's to give you 'something' if you're going to the gym first thing, for example, then maybe yes.
  • If you're on your period and hate your skin, reach for the full coverage, don't waste this. This is only to be dragged out on those 'DAYUM I look goooood' days OR on those school run mornings when you think 'Jesus, Mary and Joseph woman do something you old hag'.
  • If you don't shake it before you attempt to get some out, you'll have cappuccino coloured water running through your fingers. Don't do that. I tried it so you don't have to.
  • It gives a good glow, but too much of a good thing and...
  • If you're oily, it gives too much of a glow and I think you're going to need powder, which for me, misses the point.
  • I like this packaging, it's cheap, but oddly much more solid than its heftier, higher price point comrades.
  • It comes in five proper shades from light to rich, and the names are appropriate (light, medium, dark, deep, rich), not offensive i.e. the ever-popular foundation name of 'tan', which I've always thought should be renamed 'white people tan'. 
  • Chantecaille people: This is less coverage than Just Skin and a smidge more than Real Skin. A smidge


  • Bloody Hell this isn't much coverage for $26.00
  • But it's nice enough if you can afford it
  • I'll probably never be without it
  • You're paying for the name
  • You can't sit with us

Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint is $26.00 and available here: glossier.com/perfecting-skin-tint - you probably want it even though you don't need it.










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38 comments:

  1. This was hilarious. Glad I haven't purchased this dreadful stuff!

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  2. Hahahahahaha. This is why you are an essential part of my life - not creepy honest ! Ace bullshit detector

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  3. Love the (flattering) comparison with Mean Girls! Thank you for the honest review! I'm so skeptical about Glossier, especially as Into The Gloss has now become a huge ad for the brand!

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    1. That makes sense seeing as the creator of Into the Gloss created Glossier ;)

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  4. I love light, dewy coverage - but I haven't even been tempted by this. Most of the reviews I've read have been fairly unimpressed by the complexion products!

    That said I do like the vaseline-in-a-cute-tube balm just because it looks pretty.

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    1. I really like Glossier's Stretch Concealer. It has a bit more slip to it than Clé de Peau, and the coverage is lovely. Caroline is, as ever, spot on about the Skin Tint.

      The balms are very, very similar to Aquafor/Vaseline, though I love the tint of the cherry.

      The skin care products that I've tried--the Phase I Set's face spray and the Priming Moisturizer, as well as the Milky Jelly Cleanser just didn't pack enough punch for my skin (40, dry in parts, oily in others).

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  5. This packaging is weird! Thanks for your honesty!

    Claire

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  6. Loved the review! and thank you for saving me (more than) a couple of bucks! I unfortunately previously ordered a couple of tubes of the balm dotcom and they really were just hype for me. Is there a lip balm that you recommend?

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    1. I love the Ultra Repair Lip Therapy by First Aid Beauty. It's worked perfectly for my dry lips. I hate when lip balms/glosses/etc have castor oil as one of the first ingredients. I find castor oil so drying on my lips and it tastes terrible. The FAB lip therapy does not have that issue. It does have jojoba oil, shea butter, and grape seed oil. It's great stuff.

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    2. Thanks LaLa! I'm definitely going to be picking one up asap! :)

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  7. I agree. This is the direction NYC seems to be going these days when it comes to makeup. A barely there coverage, and natural tones on eyes/lips. I see what they're aiming for as a brand, but on most days I like a little more pizzazz.

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  8. I have it, and I love it. I understand it's not everyone's cup of tea. And you are absolutely right about everything; It has no coverage whatsoever. However it gives my skin a very beautiful and healthy glow. It makes me feel: I know, I have no makeup on and I look radiant, thank you very much.

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  9. I have this, and I use it to give powder foundation something to stick to when I don't want to wear a matte primer. It's useless otherwise, it doesn't even have spf. The aquaphor lip balm is nearly identical to the balm dot com, and a fraction of the price.

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  10. Wait... what is Chantecaille Real Skin? I am a Just Skin & Future Skin junkie. Is Real Skin new?

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    1. I could be wrong... but I think real skin is skin without foundation :)

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    2. I could be wrong... but I think by "real skin" she means skin with no foundation :) So more coverage than nothing, less than the just skin tinted moisturizer.

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  11. Never been the cool girl and now I'm just plain old. Couldn't find a way to get fussed about this brand. Loved your review.
    P.S. Lately, since I've been following much of your advice more consistently my skin has shown much improvement, despite my age. Even Dear Husband has been complimenting me on now good I look. Unless there is a significant and obvious difference he never notices anything. EVER.

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  12. crine @ "Like you're tanned and sweaty". i am naturally both so i dont need this😭

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  13. I lost interest at "tanned and sweaty". In the product, not the post. The post I read until the end. You cant sit with us.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  14. so you.... liked it......? :) :) :)

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  15. I'm soo confused..I have this and barely use it because my paulas choice sunscreen has better coverage and has spf to boot. You didn't really list any reasons why one should own it but then you said you will never be without it. What does it do for you?

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  16. I can't get my hands on Glossier very easily anyway so I'm not too bummed to hear this isn't exceptional. I was sorta interested in their highlighter stick and skincare stuff but I am now starting to think that they're just "covetable" because of the marketing, like you said. I do love their aesthetic though.

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  17. I live your reviews Caroline! Brutally honest...all we need in this saturated beauty world!

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  18. This review was spot-on. I'm the sucker who fell for the hype. The tint is okay on days in which I don't want to wear make-up but don't want to scare the neighbors. It gives a little glow and reduces redness (use at least 6 drops). Don't know that I would re-purchase. HATED the Boy Brow.

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    1. ...And I LOVE the Boy Brow (once I lightly wipe off the wand)! For me, it's more foolproof than a pencil or powders. Why don't you like it?

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  19. I really do love my dishwasher more I think xD

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  20. I think that most of the glossier products are over-hyped but their milky jelly cleanser is a real winner for me as it doesn't hurt my eyes and dissolves my makeup pretty easily.

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  21. I like the range of shades. The rich shade blends so well with my skin. Although the darker shades weren't part of the original launch, I'm glad they moved relatively quickly to add more. The same can't be said for so many brands.

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  22. Thank you for the honest review. It's hilarious to compare their new trio of serums to their equivalents in the Ordinary lineup. It really puts what DECIEM is revealing into perspective.

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  23. Haha this review made my morning, Caroline! I have fallen into the Glossier marketing net myself, but honestly enjoy most of the products as a "I tried a little even though I still look like a mangey 20 something and I'm trying to be cool" look. As for now, I'm LOVING the Generation G lippies. They give the perfect stain to add even more insult to injury on my attempt to fake the cool girl look.

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  24. Gosh this made me laugh so hard, thank you Caroline.
    This is all I will ever use from this product, my skin is not pretty enough for it :)

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  25. Haven't been tempted really at all by Glossier's skincare or complexion products BUT - Boy Brow is truly amazing. I also have one of the Generation G matte lipstick things (in Jam) and I think it's unique and worth it. Those would be my two picks from the brand.

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  26. I really dislike both Glossier and ITG, for reasons which I shall not use your blog to enumerate. THEY can't sit with ME.

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  27. Love this post!

    You're spot on about these products for people with oily skin, which I do have. Anytime I use these products, it looks like a need to blot my entire face. =)

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  28. I agree with you. I love ITG (and Emily Weiss!) and glossier as a brand but sadly I have to pass on buying Glossier because 1. the price point is NOT reasonable for such a simple product. 2. Buying them means buy a gimmicky packaging & stickers. I'll pass, I can make my own skincare or substitute with much reasonable product. But I am dying to try their boy brow (which a lot of people said that It was better than Gimme Brow). Well, I have tried to mix my water-based bb cream, glycerin, and rose water in eye dropper bottle and it feels the same like skin tint...........

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  29. I have to say, I actually really like this stuff when my skin is behaving and I just want to look a little more polished. Problem is that it clogs me/breaks me out (I have VERY picky skin), so it's definitely not worth dealing with that. The good news is that they will refund your money if you don't like it (or any product), no questions asked.

    If you read this Caroline, any thoughts on Renee Rouleau? I've been impressed with the products so far but there's not much information on them aside from the company website (which doesn't even list all the ingredients in them-drives me bonkers).

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